Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Vendee Globe final qualifications

by Vendee Globe Media on 11 Aug 2008
IMOCA 60 fleet at the start - The Artemis Transat 2008 , the same design for the Vendee Globe 2008 race Vincent Curutchet/DPPI/ The Artemis Transat © http://www.theartemistransat.com
Whilst for many of the Vendée Globe contenders, August means it is time for a well deserved rest, some are continuing to sail to achieve their final qualification or to measure up against the rivals, as in the Artemis Challenge around the Isle of Wight, while another has been busy welcoming home a glorious old vessel after a solo circumnavigation. The Vendee Gloge race starts 9 November, 2008.

After the festivities in Brest and Douarnenez, Jean Le Cam set sail to complete the qualifier for his new keel and new mast. This 1500-mile voyage enabled the skipper of VM Matériaux to check over the most recent major modifications before the start of the Vendée Globe. The boat is due to return to the boatyard for some work on the interior fittings. As for Vincent Riou, after changing his keel in Halifax following his collision with a cetacean in The Artemis Transat, he has begun another Atlantic crossing from west to east. PRB is due to reach Brittany around 15th August.

The British competitors in the next Vendée Globe signed up to take part in The Artemis Challenge. Eight IMOCA prototypes lined up off the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, on the traditional start line for the events of Cowes Week. Some sailing in the Solent, a tricky passage by the Needles, a rough trip under the cliffs at Saint Catherine’s Point, there was something for everyone in this edition, which was won by Brian Thompson on Pindar ahead of Sébastien Josse’s BT and Mike Golding’s Ecover. This was Brian’s first win, which gives a big boost to his confidence with less than three months to go before the big day. Some summer studying lies ahead for the British contenders, as the duo of Dee Caffari (Aviva) and Mike Golding (Ecover), and of Brian Thompson (Pindar) et Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) have chosen to carry out training sessions together to work on fine-tuning their boats and improving their performance…

Arnaud Boissières, the skipper of Akena Vérandas, decided to welcome home Guy Bernardin off Les Sables d’Olonne. Guy set sail to complete a solo circumnavigation on board a replica of Spray, Joshua Slocum’s boat. Two different worlds came together on the water and it was difficult to know which of the two yachtsmen was most moved. It just goes to show that ocean racing is an onging affair.

/www.vendeeglobe.org/
InSunSport - NZT Clewring AC72Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

America’s Cup World Series 2016 – More Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted today at 6:59 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Race Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted today at 6:50 pm
America’s Cup World Series – Sir Ben jumps into the lead in Portsmouth
Hot, sunny conditions and thousands of fans lining the Portsmouth seafront was the backdrop to crowd-pleasing action. The home team, Land Rover BAR, led by skipper Sir Ben Ainslie, recovered from a poor first race result to win the second two contests and complete the day at the top of the leaderboard, much to the delight of the tens of thousands of cheering fans lining the shorefront.
Posted today at 6:30 pm
LV America's Cup World Series 2016 – Poised to pounce for Super Sunday
Oracle Team USA showed determination and fightback in claiming two second place finishes from the first two races Unfortunately, in the third race, the team was pushed right to the back of the pack and couldn't recover. The results leave the team on equal points for third place with SoftBank Team Japan, just three points behind the leaders, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France.
Posted today at 6:12 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – More action images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images
Posted today at 6:05 pm
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Some action images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images
Posted today at 5:53 pm
Bumper action on Day 1 of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
Feedback from teams put this down to a tight start line, tidal influence and the constantly shifting breeze to the right Feedback from all of the teams put this down to a tight start line, tidal influence and the constantly shifting breeze to the right resulting in 'bumper car' action that kept spectators on their toes, wondering what was going to happen next.
Posted today at 5:18 pm
America’s Cup World Series - Home team sets the pace in Portsmouth
Friday at the LV America’s Cup World Series started in spectacular style with world famous Red Arrows wowing crowds 2016 America’s Cup World Series - Friday at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth started in spectacular style with the world famous Red Arrows wowing the crowds across Portsmouth’s seafront with an outstanding display of aerobatic skill.
Posted today at 7:19 am
LV America's Cup World Series - Home team advantage?
I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket. No offence locals of England, I believe we have had five sunny days in a row I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket. No offence locals of England, but I believe we have had five sunny summer days in a row, which meant for a little sea breeze this afternoon, and four practice races ahead of official racing tomorrow and Sunday. Could this be the first America's Cup World Series event where we see a full program of racing? Here's hoping!
Posted today at 6:53 am
America’s Cup World Series - Practice race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016 - Practice race. Carlo Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series 2016 - Practice race.
Posted today at 6:03 am